The week ahead: Music

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IMAGINE DRAGONS You either loved the performance or loathed it, but there was no denying the propulsive energy that Imagine Dragons conjured with rapper Kendrick Lamar at this year’s Grammy Awards. Imagine Dragons’ 2012 debut, “Night Visions,” brought to mind the arena-ready songs of another band from Las Vegas: the Killers. Joining them on the road are the Naked and Famous and Nico Vega. March 6, 7 p.m. Tickets: $27.50-$52.50. DCU Center, Worcester. 800-745-3000,


Pop and rock

“THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF HARRY BELAFONTE: A TRIBUTE CONCERT” Under the direction of professor Larry Watson, Berklee College of Music faculty and students will salute one of American music’s true pioneers and humanitarians. Belafonte will be present and receive an honorary doctorate of music. March 6, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $12, $8 in advance. Berklee Performance Center. 617-747-2261,


RAYLAND BAXTER On last year’s “Ashkelon,” a five-song EP, Baxter was at the peak of his powers: hushed and unhurried but also potent and poignant. The Tennessee-born Baxter, who will remind more than a few listeners of My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, has a way of chronicling heartache as if it happened to you. March 9, 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $10. Atwood’s Tavern, Cambridge. 617-864-2792,

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THROWING MUSES One of New England’s most beloved bands is back on home turf for two nights, the first of which (March 7) is already sold out. The Muses are touring behind last year’s excellent and overlooked “Purgatory/Paradise,” a 32-song opus that singer-songwriter Kristin Hersh once told the Globe the band could die after making. Bonus: Tanya Donelly, a founding member, will perform an opening set and join the group for a set of songs, the first time Donelly has played with her old bandmates in a decade. March 10, 8:15 p.m. Tickets: $30, $28 in advance. The Sinclair, Cambridge. 800-745-3000,


Folk, World & Country

LERA LYNN She titled her first album with a loaded question: “Have You Met Lera Lynn?” If the answer is no, there’s an opportunity to introduce yourself to the mesmerizing, at times otherworldly cast of Lera Lynn’s voice and her chameleonic ability to inhabit a variety of forms, from honky tonk to shimmery, moody pop. March 6, 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $12. Johnny D’s, Somerville. 888-777-8932,

CARLOS NUÑEZ This marks the debut of “Revels Fringe,” a series dedicated to “the unpredictable edge of the folk process.” Headlining the evening’s lineup will be Galician artist Carlos Nuñez, the “Hendrix of the bagpipes,” who will finish up by setting his pipes on fire (no, not really, but wouldn’t that be edgy?). March 7, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $15-$35. Center for the Arts at the Armory, Somerville. 617-972-8300,


THE AVETT BROTHERS/OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW This pairing of bands — each of which traffics in its own way in bluegrass/folk/roots recombinations — to play a space like the Garden should make for arena country of a different sort. March 8, 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $25-$52.50. TD Garden. 800-745-3000,

BENEFIT FOR BILLY BLOCK Well-known Nashville promoter, musician and radio/TV host Billy Block has helped scores of rising roots-music artists over the years, including many from the Boston scene. Now he’s been diagnosed with cancer, and Boston musicians — Lori McKenna, Juliet and the Lonesome Romeos, the Swinging Steaks, and many more — are coming together Sunday evening to help pay it back. March 9, 8 p.m. Tickets: $15. Johnny D's, Somerville. 888-777-8932,


Jazz, Blues & Cabaret

ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ TRIO The astonishing 28-year-old Cuban-born piano virtuoso — discovered and mentored by Quincy Jones — has drawn comparisons to such pinnacles of jazz pianism as Art Tatum, Bill Evans, and Keith Jarrett. March 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $25. Scullers. 617-562-4111,

THE SPRING QUARTET The Celebrity Series of Boston presents a cross-generational group of great talents, each a superb bandleader in his or her own right: drummer Jack DeJohnette, saxophonist Joe Lovano, bass star Esperanza Spalding, and her frequent collaborator, scintillating pianist Leo Genovese. March 6, 8 p.m. Tickets: $40-$70. Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy St., Cambridge.


FOUR GENERATIONS OF MILES Four alumni of the informal academy of the legendary Miles Davis. The elder statesman is the still-vital drummer Jimmy Cobb, last man left from the “Kind of Blue” era. Bassist Buster Williams joined up with Davis on the cusp of his fusion years, while saxophonist Sonny Fortune played in some of his gnarliest 197

0s ensembles. Finally, guitarist Mike Stern was an integral part of Davis’s early 1980s band. March 7 and 8, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Tickets: $25-$30. Regattabar. 617-395-7757,

PAUL RISHELL & ANNIE RAINES The W.C. Handy Award-winning blues duo — he plays masterful finger-style guitar, she blows a hot harmonica, and both sing — revive acoustic blues with their remarkable repertoire of original, classic, and lesser-known tunes. March 11, 8 p.m. Tickets: $12. Johnny D’s, 17 Holland St., Somerville. 617-776-2004,



BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Music director designate Andris Nelsons leads the orchestra and a cast from the Vienna State Opera in a keenly anticipated concert performance of Strauss’s “Salome.” With Gun-Brit Barkmin in the title role, Gerhard Siegel as Herod, Jane Henschel as Herodias, and Evgeny Nikitin as Jochanaan. March 6, 8 p.m., Symphony Hall. 617-266-1200,

BARTOK STRING QUARTETS During the remainder of the season no fewer than three ensembles will be traversing the complete Bartok String Quartets. The Chiara Quartet is first, performing the Quartets Nos. 1, 3, and 5. March 7, 8 p.m., Free but tickets required, Harvard’s Paine Hall. 617-496-2222,

NATALIE DESSAY The French soprano makes her Boston recital debut in a program devoted to Clara Schumann, Brahms, Strauss, Duparc, Fauré, and Debussy, partnered by pianist Philippe Cassard. March 8, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall,

A FAR CRY The conductorless chamber orchestra has an intriguing program titled “The Mind’s Eye” with music by Schnittke (featuring violist Kim Kashkashian) alongside works by Biber, Prokofiev, and Bach. March 7, 8 p.m., Jordan Hall,